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Our Top 10 Last Minute DIY Mason Jar Gifts

Sometimes buying gifts for everyone on your list is overwhelming. One way we try to wrangle back control is to make homemade gifts in jars. Mason jars work beautifully for this, and bonus -- they're super affordable! 

We love how quickly they can come together, depending on how simple or elaborate you get. Just a jar of store-bought cookies or candies can suffice (though if you've got time, we think handmade is always better). 

We round-up 10 of our favorite and most creative jar DIYs, and we also provide you with a printable of watercolor lid inserts and matching gift tags fitting both regular & wide mouth jars. Affiliate links are given to some of our favorite things.

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Here are are favorite jar gift projects. 

We like this Gunny Sack Tea Time jar project, and could envision putting together a whole batch of these quickly and easily. A couple of our favorite teas include Stash Lemon Ginger and Numi Turmeric Three Roots blend. We love these adorable Bonne Maman miniature jam jars, though these Nate's Honey Co Packets would also work well. And of course, you need to throw in some teacakes or shortbread. We love Effie's Oatcakes and Walkers Chocolate Scottie Dog shortbread cookies, which you can slip into these cute snowflake themed treat bags

tea time diy mason jar gift project

These cocktails in a jar from Something Turquoise are a great idea! With some cute straws and bakers twine and a quick trip to the grocery you'll be on your way. 

cocktail mason jar kit

Lolly Jane has made a really simple yet elegant gift using White Fudge Oreos with a clever wish for a "White Christmas"; you can pick up a package of white fudge Oreo cookies here (or pick-up my guilty snack fave -- yogurt pretzels instead). Of course, you could make your own special cookie or candy treats. One of our absolute holiday favorites are these Tea Cakes, which are little butter and nut cookie ball confections rolled in powdered sugar, so the same "White Christmas" sentiment still applies! So. good.

white oreo mason jar gift

Do your tastes run to the more savory side? How about making this delicous Sweet & Spicy Mixed Nuts recipe from It All Started with Paint. This would be a lovely gift for a friend as well as your favorite hostess.   

sweet and spicy mixed nuts in a jar diy

Is anyone else addicted to Sriracha, aka Rooster Sauce? We love it. This recipe for a jar of Sriracha Salt couldn't be easier.

sriracha salt

These little cutie rainbow cupcakes are darling. Get the recipe and instructions from Just Easy Recipes. You could change up the colors depending on the holiday. You could even make these up in your favorite team colors for a football watching party! Here's a link to some of those cool and eco-friendly bamboo forks.

rainbow cupcake in a jar

We love compound butters, and this Cranberry Honey Butter recipe from Taste of Home is no exception. For other possible recipes, check out these Bon Appetit recipes (Porcini-Red Wine Butter! Bacon-Bourbon Butter!). Nom nom. You just can't go wrong here.

cranberry honey butter recipe

Give the gift of creativity and possibly a new, relaxing hobby by putting together a knitting kit in a jar. Get a book of one-skein projects, pick out a lovely cushy beautiful yarn like our hand-dyed merino, and tie on a pair of gorgeous knitting needles (make sure you buy needles that are the right size for the yarn you buy -- the details on the yarn listing will recommend a size). The Mason Jar company shows this idea (photo below) with the addition of a reCAP lid, which would be a clever yarn keeper accessory. (BTW, we have probably half-a-dozen reCAP's at home and use them with jars for salad dressings and dips constantly. We honestly use them practically every day of the week; these alone would actually make a terrific, practical gift).

mason jar company diy

We adore this beautiful DIY "Mercury Glass" mason jar project from Landee See Landee Do; just add a candle to the jar and you have a beautiful, expensive looking gift. We recommend inserting a soy wax votive in a container so that once it burns down it's easy to remove from the jar. Wouldn't a velvet ribbon around the top of the lid look great? The watercolor lid insert and tags will look amazing. 

mercury glass mason jar diy project

Another decor-in-a-jar option is this kitschy DIY snow globe starring a jeep hauling a Christmas tree from Mason Jar Crafts Love. Soooo cute. 

mason jar snow globe

 Do you have favorite gifts in jars? Share what you come up with on Instagram and tag us at #globalbackyard.


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